Crime & Courts

Frazier attorney admonishes News, county attorney in Bragg 1 dispute

A Tysons Corner attorney providing legal counsel to Rappahannock County Supervisor Ron Frazier is accusing the Rappahannock News of being “biased” against his client, says Commonwealth’s Attorney Art Goff is “caustic,” and warns the Board of Supervisors that if it refuses to pay his client’s legal bill of $19,365 for 48 hours of work the matter may be appealed to the circuit court. […]

Crime & Courts

Randy Smoot manslaughter appeal denied

After hearing two and a half days of testimony, the jury deliberated for three and a half hours before returning a verdict of voluntary manslaughter. Smoot was sentenced in September 2018 to eight months in jail. Accounting for time already served behind bars, Smoot was released in December 2018. […]

Crime & Courts

Marian Bragg court date set for February

Circuit Court Judge Jeffery W. Parker has scheduled a two-day bench trial for February 20 and 21, 2020 in the matter of Marian Bragg v Rappahannock County Board of Supervisors, a case known as Bragg 1. Filed in 2016, the suit will finally be heard on the merits after having generated hundreds of pages of documents and clocked hours and hours of court and attorney time. […]

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Potential defendant in county probe retains counsel

The investigation was touched off by a letter from Rappahannock County Treasurer Debbie Knick to the county’s Board of Supervisors in February 2017. In the letter, Knick accused her own county government of mismanagement, including failure to follow proper expense and payroll procedures and lack of oversight of budgeting and spending. […]

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Wrong place, wrong time to test car’s limits

The arresting officer clocked the Infiniti as traveling at 100 mph in a 55 mph zone.Mr. High, whose wife appeared with him in court, has had no prior traffic convictions. “I’m very sorry. I regret what I did,” he told the judge.“In my day,” Parker confessed, “I had the tendency to see what a car can do.” Still, the judge saw to it that High would spend this coming weekend in jail, pay a fine, and perform community service. […]

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Back in court: Latest Lee DWI charge goes to grand jury

Lee’s attorney, Frank Reynolds, explained before court that the two DWI 2nd offenses were in different jurisdictions, and because neither had yet been adjudicated they both stood as second offenses. But that status did not last long. Minutes later, District Court Judge J. Gregory Ashwell signed off on an agreement that sends one of the DWI offenses to the grand jury for indictment as a third offense on March 11. […]